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You will need to login to your router from another computer or physical network cable, then under wireless security review the key code.

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The best way is to hard wire connect to any port on the router. Then connect to the router as if you were programming it for the very first time. You may need your routers instruction manual to determine the IP address of the router and the user name / password for the router. Then navigate to the security or wireless area of the configuration to copy down the key.

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Hi nette161,

If you want to know the WPA Security Passphrase or Network Key you need to access the Router Settings Page. I've listed the steps on how you will access your router.

How to access the Router:

1. You need to know the ipaddress of your router. You can refer to the manual or check the Default Gateway of your computer (Make sure that you connect the computer to the router using an ethernet cable for you to get the Default Gateway). Click on START then RUN. Type CMD on the small box on the lower left of the screen. Type IPCONFIG on the black window and get the value of your DEFAULT GATEWAY (it starts with 192.168.x.x)

2. Open a Browser, Type the DEFAULT GATEWAY on the address bar of your Browser. It will ask you for a username and password. (Refer to the manual of your router or post a reply so that i can provide you the username and password of your router)

3. Go to the Wireless Settings Page of your router. Look for the SSID or the Network Name and the Network Key or Passphrase. You can personalize it so that you can easily remember the details.

4. Make sure you connect to your SSID and enter the Network Key to make it secure.

5. Test the connection, If successful Rate me so I can help others.

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What does it mean by network security key


The name 'network security key' is itself self-explanatory. Every network has a security key and you will need this key to be a part of that network. Just as is the case of any other term that comes from the field of network engineering, there are a lot more details attached to this term, too. So, let us try to understand all the aspects related to network security key

An explanation as to why we need a wireless network security key is not even required. Still, if any one is skeptical about adding any complexity to their available wireless network, just think about it. Your wireless network range can be detected by any other computer with a wireless setup and that comes within the range of the network. So, without you knowing, it's very easy for any user to get connected to your wireless network and gain access to all the data that you intend to share only with those computers with which you have setup your wireless network. So, what is a wireless network security key and how is it useful in such situations?

Well, a network security key or passphrase is something like a password, which any user who wants to connect to your computer will require. But, I think that before we go into the details of figuring out, how to get network security key for wireless computer, we should take a look at the different methods of securing your wireless network

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Troubleshooting wireless home network using windows xp


To Configure a Wireless Connection in Windows XP, Follow the Instructions Outlined Below.
  1. Click the Start button, click Network Connections, and choose Show all Connctions.
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  2. Click the Wireless Network Connection icon with your right mouse button, then choose View Available Wireless Networks.
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  3. Choose the name of the 2Wire access point from the Available networks list.
  4. In the Network key field, type the hexadecimal key to access the wireless network.
    Note: The hexadecimal key and wireless network name should already be set up on the 2Wire device. Use the key that you set up on the 2Wire device.
  5. In the Confirm network key field, type the hexadecimal key to access the wireless network again for confirmation.
  6. Click the Connect button.
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ok what you want to do is restart the PC and keep tapping F8 when it asks you to start windows in safe mode or with networking hit enter on windows safe mode ... not with networking any ways... it will then ask you to log in Type in user name Administrator and then hit Enter .. go to control panel change your password jobs a gooden :D Good Luck

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Try this,

Switch on Your Laptop and immediately keep tapping the key F8 on the keypad. until you see advanced boot options.

Choose - Safe mode with networking using arrow keys and push enter button.

you would get a login screen with 2 user accounts 1) Administrator 2) your account

Choose Administrator and push enter.. You should be entering into windows.

then goto control panel - User Accounts -
there you can change the password or remove the password.

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The wep key has to be created on the router so if you didn't set it up then you need to ask the person who did what it is. Assuming that it is your router and you lost or forgot the key then you can get into the router with a computer that is hardwired to the router. So you plug your laptop into the router and open up internet explorer. In the address bar you need to put in the router's address (Ex: linksys is 192.168.1.1) this will pull up the router menu default login is admin and password admin or root. (if these have been changed then you can push in the reset button on the back but this will wipe out everything and you'll have to set it up again,not preferable.) If you have another router then you can get online on another computer and look these default codes up for your router. If these work then you are in the menu and you can go to security section and create a new wep (or take it off completely again not preferable) make sure to save the changes you have made before getting out of the menu and write down the wep you created or save it in a word doc. Now you can unhook your laptop and try to connect wirelessly when it asks for a wep put in the key you created,reenter it and hit connect and you should be good to go.

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Have wireless network at home trying to add my sons laptop to network but have forgot security key/passphrase which laptop is asking for


All you need to do is log into the router usually with the pc that is attached to the router (wired) by typing into the run command box http://192.168.1.1 Depending on the brand of router you'll either put in admin and no password or admin for the password or admin and password for password. Once in the router go to the wireless security tab and you can see the network key. Hope this helps

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How do I get the key for my wireless router?


Hi, if its a wireless router you purchased from the store by default it is an open network (meaning it has no key) if you set a key and forgot it you can clear it by finding the reset hole and sticking a paper clip in there for about 30-60seconds.

Now if you got the wireless router from you broadband (DSL/CABLE) provider look underneath for a sticker. It will tell you the SSID and the key (usually WEP or WPA).

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Forgot my network key


What router are you using.
Let me know and maybe we can find it.

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Hello Haity01,

There should be a very small reset button on the back of your router that you will need to press (with a pen or paper clip, etc...) for at least 10 seconds while it's powered up. Doing so will revert the router to it's default configuration (unsecured wireless network, or default key printed on the router or router/modem). If resetting defaults to open/unsecured? You should be able to address the router by typing 192.168.1.1 into the address bar of a browser once connected to the router and enable encryption and re enter a new key, then save those settings.

I hope this helps, and Good luck.

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